According to a newsflash from Offshore Alert (at www.offshorebusiness.com)
the legal owner of domain name sex.com, US businessman Gary Kremen, has
offered a US$50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Stephen
Michael Cohen, whom a US court recently ruled had stolen the domain name
'sex.com' from him and subsequently made millions of dollars from it.
An arrest warrant was issued against Cohen on March 2, 2001 after he
failed to turn over details relating to his assets. On April 3, 2001,
Kremen was awarded $65 million against Cohen by a Federal Court in California.
Much of Cohen's assets are believed to be hidden offshore.
Banks where he is suspected of having had accounts include Bank of N.
T. Butterfield, of Bermuda; ATU General Trust (BVI) Ltd., of the BVI;
VP Bank (BVI) Ltd., VP Bank Gruppe, of Liechtenstein; Liechtensteinische
Landesbank Aktiengesellschaft, of Liechtenstein; Allegemeines Treuunternehmen,
of Liechtenstein; ABN Amro Bank, of the Netherlands; Banco International
S. A., of Mexico; Banco Nacional de Mexico S. A., of California; Banque
Internationale à Luxembourg S. A., of Belgium; Rabobank International/Rabobank
Utrecht, of New York; and Rabo Robeco Bank (Luxembourg) S. A., of Luxembourg.
Kremen has released the following information on Cohen in an effort to
track him down:
Cohen was born on February 23, 1948 in Los Angeles, California. He is
a white male, 53 years old, with brown thinning hair, brown eyes, a gray/brown
mustache, high forehead, and is approximately 5' 6" to 5' 8"
in height. Cohen weighs approximately 220-230 pounds (perhaps more), has
a florid face and nose, and is partial to wearing imprinted t-shirts.
His Social Security number is 567-07-4703.
He has maintained Post Office Box 530069, San Diego, California, 92153,
up to at least June, 1999, with wife Rosa Armida Montano Cohen. Cohen
and his wife also use Post Office Box 328, Rancho Santa Fe, California,
92067, with the physical location at 17427 Los Morros, Rancho Santa Fe,
California, 92067. This PO Box address is reported to the credit bureaus
three times as late as March, 2001.
Cohen's residential address in Tijuana, Baja California, as stated on
his Foreign Registry documents dated June 30, 1999 is: Avenida Diego Rivera
#2532, Tijuana, B.C.
Cohen's business address in Tijuana is 22320 Paseo de Los Heroes, 7th
Floor, Zona Rio, Tijuana, B.C. He uses this address for his businesses
Sand Man Internacional, Ltd., S.A. de C.V., and Omnitec International,
Cohen's last known US address is 17427 Los Morros, Rancho Santa Fe, California
92067. Cohen. Cohen has not been observed at this location at any time
during this investigation, dating from approximately February, 2001.
Cohen has not lived in the address 5959 Rail Court, San Ysidro, California
92173 but has some equipment at that location.
Anyone who has any information about Cohen's whereabouts should contact:
The reward of $50,000 is offered under the following conditions:
Stephen Michael Cohen
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
We offer to pay to one or more persons who provide information leading
to the arrest of Stephen Michael Cohen by officials of the United States,
a cash reward of up to $50,000 under the following conditions. The rules
and conditions related to this reward offer may be amended from time to
time, and all such amendments will be posted on the web site at www.reward.sex.com.
All persons seeking to participate in the reward program agree to frequently
check this web site for such changes, and to be bound by them from the
date they are first posted.
"Arrest" means that Stephen Michael Cohen is apprehended and
taken into custody, either voluntarily or involuntarily, by officials
of the United States, regardless of whether or not he/she is subsequently
released, pursuant to the arrest warrant issued by the United States District
Court for the Northern District of California ("California warrant").
Any arrest by authorities other than those of the United States shall
not be eligible for this reward offer. An arrest arising from criminal
conduct other than the currently pending arrest warrant is eligible only
if Cohen is remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal Service
pursuant in part to the California warrant.
"Cash reward" means that cash, a check, or a similar negotiable
instrument will be presented to the person entitled to the reward within
180 days of Cohen's arrest. The winner must pay all applicable taxes.
"Up to $50,000" means that the cash reward of $50,000 in US
currency will be divided among the unrelated persons providing the information
described herein leading directly to the arrest of Cohen. To help decide
if information submitted by a particular person in fact helped lead to
the arrest of Cohen, our lawyers will make the determination based upon
any information provided by prosecuting authorities, media accounts, transcripts,
and other information. If, in the judgment of our legal advisors, information
from two or more sources helps lead to the arrest as provided above, or
if substantially similar information is received from two or more sources,
the reward shall be divided between the sources in a manner determined
by us in our sole discretion to be fair and equitable.
"Information" qualifying for the reward includes documents,
video or audio tape recordings, data of whatever kind, and individual
verbal statements (including testimony) of a person having knowledge of
relevant facts. Any letters, documents, or other information submitted
in response to this reward should include the full name, address, and
phone number of the person submitting the information.
We reserve the right in our sole discretion to choose not to submit any
information we receive to prosecutorial authorities. We do not urge, encourage,
or condone any violation of the law in connection with this reward offer
or otherwise, and reserve the right to share any information we receive
with lawyers for bringing legal actions directed against Cohen through
the appropriate federal, state, or local agencies. All materials submitted
become our property. Persons submitting information for this reward are
expected to cooperate with us and with appropriate authorities. Failure
to do so will invalidate eligibility for the reward. In order to collect
the reward, any person providing information should contact and identify
themselves to Susanne Whatley.
The reward offer may be accepted only by full and unconditional performance
of the conditions stated above.